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ARCH 509 – The Architecture of Development


This course is intended to prepare architecture and urban design students to advocate for the power of design as a value creator in the real estate development process. Students will be exposed to the major stakeholder perspectives represented throughout the life of a development project. With a special focus on urban development and the promulgation of design excellence, students will examine how the following stakeholder groups interact with one another in a series of different project scenarios:

  1. Architect/Urban Designer
  2. Community/Media
  3. City Government
  4. Developer
  5. Lender

Taught in conjunction with URP 610 (Public Private Partnerships: Financing Equitable Development), this course will explore real estate development case studies and challenge students to form inter-disciplinary teams that include students from architecture, urban design, urban planning, business, public policy, sociology and other areas of study around campus. The objective of the combined course approach is to emphasize the value of design in the development process while also balancing key economic, environmental, social and cultural factors. The teams formed during the semester will be tasked with generating a comprehensive Request for Proposals (RFP) process on behalf of City Government (Public Sector) as well as challenging the Development team (Private Sector) to respond to the RFP with a comprehensive proposal that prioritizes the quality of the final design product. 


Tue 8:30-11:30am 3146 A&AB


Kimberly Dowdell